Sunday, February 23, 2014

4 and 1/2 stars for Full Measures by Rebecca Yarros and a Giveaway

Full Measures Synopsis:

She knew. That’s why Mom hadn’t opened the door. She knew he was dead.

Twenty years as an army brat and Ember Howard knew, too. The soldiers at the door meant her dad was never coming home. What she didn’t know was how she would find the strength to singlehandedly care for her crumbling family when her mom falls apart.

Then Josh Walker enters her life. Hockey star, her new next-door neighbor, and not to mention the most delicious hands that insist on saving her over and over again. He has a way of erasing the pain with a single look, a single touch. As much as she wants to turn off her feelings and endure the heartache on her own, she can’t deny their intense attraction.

Until Josh’s secret shatters their world. And Ember must decide if he’s worth the risk that comes with loving a man who could strip her bare.

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What I thought about Full Measures

I’m pretty sure it’s safe to say you are going to need tissues for this one. Full Measures is a terrific debut offering from Rebecca Yarros. You could call this a romance but to me it was also a very special tribute those who commit their lives for their country.

The book opens with a very sad scene..a family getting that dreaded knock on the door, and while it was sad, it was so very well done, what could have been very maudlin had a touch of hope to it. Ember ends up having to keep everything together and does an amazing job of it, even through some other nasty stuff happening.

It doesn't hurt the hottest hockey star just seems to be there when she needs him. There's nice chemistry here between Josh and Ember, but they still manage to have some restraint in another testament to their maturity.

But as Ember and her family works through the grief, Ember and Josh give into the forces pulling them together. Their bliss is short-lived when a deal breaking secret it's revealed.

There’s some good writing here and great emotion from the characters. I felt like I knew them.

This is so much more than a new adult romance... this is a loving tribute to military families and the sacrifices they make and the lives those at home lead while their loved ones are deployed. You're gonna need a few tissues for this one, but its worth it.

This book stayed with me a few days, and I found myself going back to re-read parts of it, giving it a 4 and ½ star rating.

ARC courtesy of the publisher in exchange for an honest review. 

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Rebecca Yarros Bio:

Rebecca Yarros is a hopeless romantic and lover of all things chocolate, coffee, and Paleo. In addition to being a mom, military wife, and blogger, she can never choose between Young Adult and New Adult fiction, so she writes both. She's a graduate of Troy University, where she studied European history and English, but still holds out hope for an acceptance letter to Hogwarts. Her blog, The Only Girl Among Boys, has been voted the Top Military Mom Blog the last two years, and celebrates the complex issues surrounding the military life she adores.

When she's not writing, she's tying on hockey skates for her kids, or sneaking in some guitar time. She is madly in love with her army-aviator husband of eleven years, and they're currently stationed in Upstate NY with their gaggle of rambunctious kiddos and snoring English Bulldog, but she would always rather be home in Colorado.





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1 comment:

Rebecca Yarros said...

Thank you so much for having me on the blog and for the beautiful review!!!